February 9, 2016Wedding at the Thompson Hotel TorontoPosted in Weddings

Hello Lovelies,

We’ve got a very posh wedding to share with you this Tuesday! Allison and Marcus decided to host their wedding at the Thompson Hotel Toronto. The Thompson Hotel Toronto is modern, sophisticated, and up scale. Not to mention their amazing roof top scene that bursts to life in the evenings: crazy views of Toronto, great cocktails, and a fashionable crowd…also there is a infinity pool for those more Gastbyesque moments ;)

Allison made some very decadent choices, like her Tiffany pearl necklace and those Jimmy Choo shoes….yowzers! but she also took the flower arrangements into her own hands. The result was incredible. So incredible, in fact, that she has now started up her own stationary, floral design, and wedding planning business. True to her sophisticated and exclusive spirit, the name of her business is called The List. And believe me ladies – all you brides to be – you are going to be on Allison’s list.

Marcus’s addition to the wedding day came courtesy of Great Lakes Brewery. Marcus is tight with the award winning, and celebrated crew over at GLB and had them concoct a craft brew to serve at the wedding. What they came up with together was a brew they named “Limp Thrust.” An amazing and hilarious nod to Marcus’s self depreciating sense of humour and all around confident and good natured soul. He even sent me home with a growler of his special craft brew – greatly appreciated brother!

With-out further ado, we present Allison’s and Marcus’s wedding at the Thompson Hotel Toronto.

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

 

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The Thompson Hotel Toronto

The List

Jimmy Choo

Great Lakes Brewery

Wedding at the Thompson Hotel Toronto | February 9, 2016

February 1, 2016Kingston Wedding Venues | The Ivy Lea Club GananoquePosted in Weddings

Hello and happy new year!

This Christmas we had the amazing opportunity to photograph a stunning wedding at one of our favourite Kingston wedding venues , The Ivy Lea Club Gananoque.

Jill and Duncan have been living in Australia for the passed few years and have just recently moved home to Kingston. This made their wedding day extra special because their event was also a sort of home coming, and at Christmas no less.  Surrounded by an intimate collection of friends and family at the Ivy Lea Club Jill and Duncan shared hand written vows with each other as the sunset on the St. Lawrence river – the backdrop of their wedding ceremony.

Earlier in the day Jill had expressed a keen interest to share their first look on her family dock. The conditions were wild, wavy, windy, and it was winter don’t forget, which added more drama to the occasion. I always love working with couples that don’t shy away from adventure, but court adventure in their lives and on the wedding day (pro-tip*).  Jill even scaled some slippery riverside rocks and boulders in her 6 inch heels and that stunning Monique L’Huillier wedding dress to get a few more dynamic photos before the ceremony – this bride was crushing it. We lost Jill’s veil into the St Lawrence River during the first look – a fitting sacrifice to hermes on their wedding day – but it was soon fished out and dried before the ceremony.

As Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia’s founder and owner,  is famous for saying, “It’s not an adventure until something goes wrong” (paraphrase).

Need-less-to-say, we loved photographing Jill and Duncan, and their touching and adventurous wedding day. Most definitely our kind of people. Congrats you two, and thank you for the fond memories.

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

 

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Dana Turnbull WOW! Jill you look absolutely beautiful of course, and it has been fun getting to know you and to realize that you're the whole package - just like your equally beautiful Mom! {February 04, 2016, 12:24pm}

Kingston Wedding Venues | The Ivy Lea Club Gananoque | February 1, 2016

March 18, 2015Wedding at Fields on West Lake, Prince Edward County | Claire & JonPosted in Weddings

Good morning lovelies,

Weddings in Prince Edward County, what’s not to like? They have great wine, food, community, and the scenery isn’t too bad either.

Claire and Jon, the bride and groom staring in today’s post, currently live in Manhattan. She is an actor, he is an engineer, and they are two of the loveliest people we have had the pleasure of working with to date. The saying goes, if you can’t find it in New York City it doesn’t exist. So what would possess a couple that heralds from the very seat of culture, New York City, to get married in little old Prince Edward County?

A little white chapel, the proximity to home, and a stunning landscape all around. New York City certainly has a plethora of options for a Bride and Groom, but not that little white chapel, the proximity to the people they love most dearly, and unique rural backdrop.

The little white chapel that Claire and Jon tied the knot in was completed in 1811, making it one of the earliest churches built in Upper Canada: 204 years old! “The Old White Chapel,” as it is affectionately known is full of colonial charm: rough hewn beams, rickety floor boards, a crooked stair way.

The building itself sags, as if from years of exhaustion; holding aloft, on its shoulders, a roof under which many generations have brought their celebrations, mournings, concerns, and thanks. The Old White Chapel’s air of history, charm, and humility is what drew the attention of Claire and Jon. This is an authentic place and not easily washed from the minds eye.

We hope you enjoy looking through this beautiful wedding. Wexford House, where Claire and Jon prepared for the day, is simply stunning inside and out. And Fields on West Lake, “the big red barn,” was airy, light, and homey as we have come to expect.

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

 

 

 

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Wedding at Fields on West Lake, Prince Edward County | Claire & Jon | March 18, 2015

March 17, 2015Engagement Ring Event | Lovebird BridalPosted in Engagement,Events,Let Them Eat Cake,Weddings

Good Morning lovelies,

Guess what time of year it is? It’s time for our third annual Engagement Ring Event at Lovebird Bridal Boutique. If you are recently engaged, come down and have your engagement ring photographed compliments of Winding Violets and Lovebird Bridal Boutique. If you know someone who is engaged, please pass this link along to them. I am certain they will thank your for it!

Every year has been a great success, and a lot of fun. We invite you to come down and enjoy Michelle Pilon’s beautiful wedding boutique, and have your ring stylistically photographed by Kingston’s only Fine Art Wedding Photographers, Winding Violets as you browse.

Here are the deets:

Who? | Winding Violets and Lovebird Bridal Boutique have teamed up to host a spectacular event.

What? | Have your engagement ring stylistically photographed, compliments of Winding Violets and Lovebird Bridal Boutique.

Why? |  You get a beautiful image of your engagement ring absolutely free!  The question should be, “Why not?!

Where? | Lovebird Bridal Boutique, 172 Ontario Street, Downtown Kingston.

When? |  From 10am – 3pm, on Saturday, March 21st 2015.

How? | Saturday we will be photographing engagement rings from 10am – 3pm. You will receive a complimentary digital download of your photograph, via email, on the following Monday!

 

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A few fun facts about engagement rings: 

Did you know that engagement rings date back as far as ancient Egypt?

The engagement ring is placed on the left hand, and on the finger nearest the pinky, because it was believed in Roman times that that finger contained a vein that led to your heart. That vein was called, “vena amoris,” or vein of love.

During Victorian times, know for it’s sentimentality, it was not uncommon for rings to be fashioned from your beloved’s hair…umm, I think I’ll stick with the gold thank you very much ;)

The most popular cut to date, according to Tiffany’s, is the Brilliant. This cut emphasizes the sparkle, and radiance, of  your diamond. Hence the name: the Brilliant Cut.

Do you know the four “Cs”? Cut,  Carat, Colour, and Clarity.

See you this Saturday, March 21st (between 10am -3pm) at Lovebird Bridal Boutique

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Engagement Ring Event | Lovebird Bridal | March 17, 2015

February 14, 2015Wedding Photographers in Prince Edward County | Romantic Day After SessionPosted in Weddings

Happy Valentine’s Day!

What better way to celebrate the one day of the year we set aside to celebrate love – the greatest human emotion of all – than with some thoroughly romantic wedding images.  Prince Edward County always surprises us with it’s unique ecosystem. At sunset, there appear these beautiful deep dark grey blue skies to the east, and in the west the sunset glows a warm soft golden yellow. These are the perfect conditions for creating striking photographs, that refuse any other adjective but romantic. Brooding and Bright, so lovely!

In fact there is a Fine Art term for these exact conditions. It is called, “chiaroscuro.” This term is pronounced, Key-are-as-cure-o. Don’t worry I can never pronounce it right either. Basically the terms is Italian for light and dark, or contrast.

This technique was developed and popularized by the painters Leonardo DaVinci, Johannes Vermeer, Titian, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt. Good company to be in huh!? (laughs)

There is something about the mixture of  light and dark, in a rural setting that always reminds me of a Brontë novel. Particularly Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights.” I’ll leave you with this beautifully romantic quote that has always meant something special to Melissa and I from the novel:

“He is more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

 

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Wedding Photographers in Prince Edward County | Romantic Day After Session | February 14, 2015

January 27, 2015Fields on West Lake | Wedding Venues in Prince Edward CountyPosted in Weddings

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but looking out together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

I love this quote for it’s unconventionality. It’s rebellious.

The words we often use to describe love are introverted ones. A classic example of this is the heart. The heart is a metaphor we use to imply emotion, intimacy, or desire.  In the words above, love consists of “looking out”, not inward. The bond of love is expressed in a shared vision. This is an active love and purposeful love.

One thing you learn early on when running a small business is the importance of a business plan, or vision for where you are going. You need to have a finish line, target or map; otherwise, you are just left reacting to situations and this will inevitably lead to burnout and failure.

You have the passion, the know how, and the “heart,” but without a clearly defined direction you are going to become lost, confused, and frustrated in your pursuit of fulfillment.

We believe in love that is built on a shared vision, and that is creative. Relationships of this kind are deliberate, and therefore much more agile and able to withstand the stormy seas that are sure to arise.

What is more intimate, desirable, and emotional than seeing a shared vision being brought to fruition? Perhaps only the birth of a child, and that is as apt a metaphor as any: the two become one.

Love does.

Incidentally that is the title of a lovely little book by Bob Goff. We high recommend giving it a read. The books message is one of truth and inspiration. And it embodies this quote fully.

We hope you thoroughly enjoy this beautiful and elegant rural wedding at our favorite Prince Edward County Wedding Venue, Fields on West Lake.

Maureen and Chris certainly embody the sort of people who have a shared vision as well as shared heart. Congratulations on your marriage AND the new little addition that is on the way!

Bon Appétit,

The Violets.     

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Fields on West Lake | Wedding Venues in Prince Edward County | January 27, 2015

January 15, 2015Roseville Estate Wedding Venue | by Winding VioletsPosted in Weddings

Okay…fireplace roaring, quilted up, pyjamas on, lights dimmed, winter whistling by safely outside your windows, snow piled high, your special someone by your side…queue Downton Abbey Season 5!

Sound like heaven? Well it does to us too. Right now this is exactly where you’ll find us all cuddled up on these frigid January evenings….with the bunny by our side – for those just getting to know us, we have a small dwarf rabbit that can be spotted running about our home sporting his cow print coat. I know there is still a few days before the next episode airs, so for now we have a beautiful wedding in a Downtonesque setting to help you get your Downton fix.

Roseville Estate Wedding Venue , what can I say? This may just be the perfect backdrop for the bride who is drawn to an estate style wedding. Downton Abbey fans, this might just be the ticket for you. Roseville Estate Wedding Venue boasts a beautiful main house, constructed in the 19th century, shake style roof, white shutters over beautiful large windows (lots of natural light inside, which makes for beautiful photos), and an updated spacious interior.

The the main house sits on a sprawling and spacious piece of property. Long laneways flanked by mature deciduous trees stretch out and wind through the property. This is perfect for taking your retriever for walks – think Lord Grantham & Isis – or for stealing away after the ceremony for a few intimate moments before joining the party.

A slate grey board and batten barn meets you at the end of the Estate’s picturesque laneway (pictured below). This rustic out-building doubles as a rain contingency, or primary ceremony locale for those bride’s whose sentiments lean toward rustic-rural chic. If you’re more of a Sybil, this might be the setting you imagined her and Tom getting married in: love born and bound in a garage lol. Strung out Eddison bulbs dangle from the rafters warming the space with the slightest hint of domesticity. A charming space to be sure.

All in all my fellow Downtonites, Roseville Estate Wedding Venue , Cambridge Ontario is lovely rain or shine, is tasteful, elegant, and a beautiful multifaceted environment to celebrate your nuptials in.

As a bonus, your guests are going to adore Roseville Estate Wedding Venue . Not only will you be the envy of all other brides this season, but you may be responsible for kindling a new romance yourself; sparks are bound to fly against a backdrop as romantic as this.

Congratulations Taylor and Kyle, you love you two and throughly enjoyed your wedding, stunning!

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

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Roseville Estates Wedding Venue Cambridge Ontario | Photograph by Winding Violets | www.windingviolets.com | Wedding Photographers in Cambridge Ontario

Roseville Estates Wedding Venue Cambridge Ontario | Photograph by Winding Violets | www.windingviolets.com | Wedding Photographers in Cambridge Ontario

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Roseville Estates Wedding Venue Cambridge Ontario | Photograph by Winding Violets | www.windingviolets.com | Wedding Photographers in Cambridge Ontario

Roseville Estates Wedding Venue Cambridge Ontario | Photograph by Winding Violets | www.windingviolets.com | Wedding Photographers in Cambridge Ontario

Roseville Estates Wedding Venue Cambridge Ontario | Photograph by Winding Violets | www.windingviolets.com | Wedding Photographers in Cambridge Ontario

Roseville Estates Wedding Venue Cambridge Ontario | Photograph by Winding Violets | www.windingviolets.com | Wedding Photographers in Cambridge Ontario

Roseville Estates Wedding Venue Cambridge Ontario | Photograph by Winding Violets | www.windingviolets.com | Wedding Photographers in Cambridge Ontario

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December 25, 2013Wedding Venues in Kingston Ontario | Spindle Tree GardensPosted in Weddings

Merry Christmas Morning!

Spindle Tree Gardens is an enchanted place. Walking its grounds gives you the feeling of being transported. I’ve visited these gardens many times. Each trip impresses fresh details into imagination, details I find myself recollecting when breathing life into a new book. It is an inspiring, and homey place. Not unlike what I imagine the Shire to be like. What better place to fall in love, or rather express your enduring love for your special someone? I can think of none better.

Merry Christmas,

The Violets

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Erika & Ryan Rowell This is a lovely set of images! Swoon! Since the last time we visited your site (which was quite some time ago) your work has really evolved, and is now on a completely other level. Bravo! what you are doing is fantastic. Keep up the beautiful work. {March 17, 2014, 06:50pm}

Wedding Venues in Kingston Ontario | Spindle Tree Gardens | December 25, 2013

December 20, 2013Watch Hill, Rhode Island | Bridal SessionPosted in Weddings

“I am constantly drawing inspiration from the places I travel, the people I meet, the movies I see, the heroes I admire. Growing up I was inspired by Joe DiMaggio, Frank Sinatra, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Mickey Mantle, FDR, and JFK. I still am.” – Ralph Lauren

Everyone needs a break from the scenery of daily life and its routines. We all want to be inspired. Whether that means escaping into a great novel, listening to a favorite record, perusing a great blog, or traveling somewhere new, these outlets whisper promises of something larger than ourselves. Our desire to be inspired speaks to the potential that lies dormant in each of us.

For Melissa and I that need is best fulfilled by travel. With my new found love for sailing, and all things “preppy,” New England proved just the ticket.

As creative professionals, our tanks run on high octane when it comes to inspiration. We are constantly glossing the internet, books, and the world around us for ideas. We are looking for things that inspire us and that will inspire you. The ideas we find in turn become the fuel we use to create the photographs you see right here on the Winding Violets blog.

We want to thank Michelle Pilon, from Lovebird Bridal, for contributing this beautiful Allure Romance gown and the Justin Alexander sash for this bridal shoot. We love Michelle and her beautiful boutique, nestled in the heart of downtown Kingston. Another big thanks to our beautiful model Alexa, and her friend Josh, for driving all the way out to Watch Hill with us for this shoot.

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

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Watch Hill, Rhode Island | Bridal Session | December 20, 2013

November 19, 2013Renaissance Wedding Venue, Kingston OntarioPosted in Weddings

Good Morning beauties,

Let’s see, what have we been up to lately…? Well, our home was recently featured in Kingston Life Interiors. Our living room even made the cover! It’s a strange thing to be at a newsstand and find yourself looking into your own home. Strange good, because someone thought highly enough of the choices we made to publish them in a magazine. There is also a very nice article that touches on some of the ways we approach interior design and discloses some of our favorite places to hunt for treasures. Here is a link an online copy just in case you’re curious: Winding Violets in Kingston Life Interiors.

Having said all that, we wouldn’t want to have you miss the main event. So, maybe come back to that link after you peruse this stunning wedding shot right here in historic Kingston Ontario. Whitney and Gavin’s wedding was absolutely classic. A classic tux on him and an elegant lace gown for her.

Renaissance Wedding Venue , snuggled right into the heart of downtown Kingston, was a perfect choice for an intimate evening lit mostly by warm candle light and ballroom chandeliers. I love the way both of these elements came together in their first dance photographs. If you are looking into Kingston wedding venues, perhaps this one is for you?

We always like to match our photo locations with the couples aesthetic. We found a beautiful old mansion to really enhance the couples classic choices and to elevate the aesthetic they were going for. Making editorial choices like these is the thing I love most about my what I do. And the results usually surprise and delight our couples.

I hope you enjoy this stunning classic wedding. We even did a little off roading with the couple, to add some contrast to our previously mentioned aesthetic choices. We love to mix it up a bit.

Bon Appétit,

 

The Violets

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Renaissance Wedding Venue, Kingston Ontario | November 19, 2013